TEXT 270
pravartate yatra rajas tamas tayoh
sattvam ca misram na ca kala-vikramah
na yatra maya kim utapare harer
anuvrata yatra surasurarcitah
pravartate—exists; yatra—where; rajah—the mode of passion; tamah—the mode of ignorance; tayoh—of both of them; sattvam ca—and the mode of goodness; misram—mixture; na—not; ca—also; kala-vikramah—the influence of time or annihilation; na—not; yatra—where; maya—external energy; kim—what; uta—to speak; apare—others; hareh—of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; anuvratah—strict followers; yatra—where; sura—by demigods; asura—and by demons; arcitah—being worshiped.
" 'In the spiritual world, there is neither the mode of passion, the mode of ignorance nor a mixture of both, nor is there adulterated goodness, nor the influence of time or maya itself. Only the pure devotees of the Lord, who are worshiped both by demigods and by demons, reside in the spiritual world as the Lord's associates.'
This verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam (2.9.10) was spoken by Srila Sukadeva Gosvami. He was answering the questions of Pariksit Maharaja, who asked how the living entity falls down into the material world. Sukadeva Gosvami explained the cream of Srimad-Bhagavatam in four verses, which had been explained to Lord Brahma at the end of the severe austerities he performed for one thousand celestial years. At that time, Brahma was shown the spiritual world and its transcendental nature.

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